Jim: The James Foley Story

In August, 2014, a video of the public execution of American photojournalist James Foley rippled across the globe. Foley wore an orange jumpsuit as he knelt beside an ISIS militant dressed in black. That image challenged the world to deal with a new face of terror. And it tested one American family. Seen through the lens of filmmaker Brian Oakes, Foley’s close childhood friend, Jim takes us from small-town New England to the adrenaline-fueled front lines of Libya and Syria, where Foley pushed the limits of danger to report on the plight of civilians impacted by war.


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  • ★★★★★ review by Waldo on Letterboxd

    One happy ending and one tragically sad one. An overwhelming documentary about a frontline reporter covering conflicts in the middle East. Addicted to the adrenaline perhaps, but I think it was an addiction to do good in the world.If only I had the balls and half of his desire.

  • ★★★★ review by Robin on Letterboxd

    I don't know if this is that well made because it's just super sad and heartbreaking

  • ★★★★ review by Smarter on Letterboxd

    This documentary was super interesting for me because I was very unfamiliar with the story. To hear about this guy from his left behind family/friends and other journalists he was in captive with was of course extremely depressing. You don't often think of journalists living these dangerous insane lives but WOW this stuff is intense.

  • ★★★★ review by HaydenMaxwell on Letterboxd

    Seeing Letterboxd reviews of form SMH

    Y'all must be made of stone

  • ★★★★ review by RJ Toca on Letterboxd

    I don't think I've ever cried more while watching a film than I did with The James Foley Story. It's heart-wrenching to see what this man put himself through to pursue his passion. The general lack of attention this documentary has gotten truly baffles me. I feel like people are missing something incredibly special.

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